get the right team!
Knowing what your output is will help shape theteam needed for the work. Specialist inputs willmost likely be needed, to help shape the masterplanor to help jusfy the planning raonale for anapplicaon.Importantly, your specialists need to be integratedinto the wider project team from the outset,allowing you to work alongside each other toidenfy constraints at an early stage and thus whatthe soluons might be. This will help to deliver asuccessful design response, as opposed to having toretrot work at a later stage if the team isn’t fullyengaged at the start: this could lead to aborvework and an unsasfactory design soluon.When working on a planning applicaon, the 1APPform and Council checklist will help you to idenfywhat you need to submit and thus what skills arerequired for this: it may necessitate expert advice onood risk, tree surveys, waste and ulies amongstothers.Also useful in terms of applicaons is making surethe legal team is able to provide you with the rightdetails up front, in terms of the red line boundary,site ownerships and leases etc. Beware thatmisinformaon could cause headaches later on: itcould call for a redesign and serving of noces.
Once the team is in place you’ll want to build andmaintain good relaonships, which will help withthe smooth running of the project. So, keep peopleinformed and meet with the project team on aregular basis.Of fundamental importance will be your externalrelaonships, parcularly with your client. Seethem as part of the project team and involve themthroughout the life of the project. Meet at keystages and discuss key planning and design issues.Design reviews are a great way of involving thewhole team, subjecng the work to peer reviewand hearing a whole range of views and opinions.This can also help you when it comes to explainingvarious opons and the evoluon of the preferredapproach - through a Design & Access Statement forexample.When working on applicaons you’ll also want tobuild good relaonships with the case ocer andDevelopment Management team: this will helpbuild a common understanding of the applicaon,the primary planning arguments and any issuesthat need aenon to help achieve a successfuloutcome.
creave, inspired, transformaonal
So, with all the above in place, the team can thendo what it does best. Masterplanning is a crucialmeans for bringing about physical regeneraon:successful masterplans can help improve the qualityof life, raise aspiraons, provide greater choice andopportunity. Great masterplanning should havethe power to inspire, they should be visionary,with clear aims and objecves. They should createaracve places for people to live, work and enjoy.They also need to be forward thinking and put inplace the foundaons for future change.
respond to local issues and identy
However, masterplans should avoid imposingsoluons on a place. Rather, they should respondto local character and issues, reecng wider social,economic and environmental issues as idenedthrough the producon of an evidence base andthrough responses to consultaon.